Farm Ireland

Friday 27 April 2018

Farm presidential challenges collapse

Leadership challenges to presidents of both the ICSA and the ICMSA have been shelved in a dramatic 24-hour period for both farming organisations.

ICMSA president Jackie Cahill received the backing of 63pc of council members for his continued leadership on Thursday when a vote of no confidence was put to a meeting of the ICMSA national council in Limerick. The motion was tabled as part of a bitter internal conflict in the ICMSA which has been reverberating through the organisation for several months, resulting in some stormy national council meetings.

Mr Cahill's maximum six-year term as ICMSA leader will finish in November. Cork dairy farmer Dominic Cronin is the only declared contender for the role.

Meanwhile, a challenge to the re-election of ICSA president Gabriel Gilmartin collapsed on Friday when the second of the two candidates nominated to contest the election withdrew.

Following the withdrawal of John Flynn from the leadership race, Marion Condren from Co Laois has also withdrawn from the contest. The move clears the way for Mr Gilmartin to be re-elected uncontested for his second three-year term.

Martin Ryan

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